This problem seems to keep rearing its ugly head more often this last week as I've lengthened distance to pile. (~50 yds now) I do have bumpers to the side trying to get back to double T. I had started it previously but had to back up a bit because kept wanting to go to side bumpers.
I say dead bird and when he focuses in where the bumpers are I say good and as I start to put hand down he's gone before I say back and he is going balls to the wall to the back pile. Obviously I don't want to discourage the drive but I need to control it.
It's not every time buts its happening more often.
To try to fix this breaking I've tried to:
I say (loudly no) stop him and have him come back to heel, when he sits at heel, Ill say sit then nick.
I've also tried stopping him by giving him a whistle sit, nick and then called back to heel.
Clearly this isn't working cuz he kinda woofed, yelled in frustration tonight as I stopped him. I felt like a tub of crap.
I don't know if its an escape behavior or why he doing this.
I moved up to simplify (~25yds) and he stayed til sent just fine. What the Sam Hill am I doing wrong?!?
Thanks, Maria never trained a dog to handle chick